Apologies for how late this post is, McGovern Family, there's been some technical difficulties on my end. As well, I've had a camper acting as our photographer this week and he has taken so many photos that I just keep adding them on to what we already have. To wrap up the end of Session 6, I'll just let you know about our epic Lip Sync Battle that we had on Thursday night. There were many campers in costume - some matching, mostly not - and everybody was sparkling after they exited the costume closet.
Lookout Cabin was especially beautiful in their dresses, rain coats, and wacky hats. One Lookout boy was making sure everyone was safe with his gigantic STOP sign. I love doing cabin photos before an event like that because it really catches the ridiculous side of #McGovernMagic versus our heartwarming side.
The camper that made All Star by Smash Mouth the 2017 Song of the Summer (past years have been Call Me Maybe, Never Say Never, the Cup Song) wasn't here for the Lip Sync Battle, but he's here now and definitely causing a ruckous. Every day in I've walked past Drama in the Hallman and no matter what they are doing, he busts out that song. Well, the years start coming and they don't stop coming and they don't stop coming and they don't stop coming and they don't stop coming, am I right?
That camper, who calls himself Prometheus, said to me the first week he was here: "I saw a Pepsi truck that said 'Bepis' instead of Pepsi. Can I call you Bepis?" I immediately said yes because it's one of the best nicknames to come off my camp name and it's going to be the name stitched onto my staff swag this year.
Sunday night of Session 7 saw our last Opening Campfire of the summer, made by Wombo. Spinach dirtied her onesie to sing An Old Austrian Man, but I'm sure all of our onesies have been through worse here than kneeling on the forest floor. Wombo built up an amazing fire and for his last, it was a good one. He's off to do another leadership program so he had to leave us early, but he's been amazing this summer and enjoyed his time building gigantic fires in the forest. That and getting "fire mixtapes" from his secret friend. I'm sure Nightwing, Urb, and Stark will miss your wacky dance moves in the kitchen.
On Monday there was Soccer Baseball up at the Field of Dreams or Dodgeball on the soccer field, run by the LEADs. Dodgeball has been a fan favourite this summer as well as Survival. Last night the soccer field was covered in pinnies from whoever was victorious, while Bambi and Swampy chased each other around desperately trying to get the other out. Sprocket had a little bit of a spill after a camper tried to tag him, and I think he tried to leap around them. He did not succeed.
On Monday, we had a double feature in the Hallman due to the solar eclipse.
We wanted to protect everyone's eyes, so during the afternoon the Hallman was made into a movie theatre and everybody piled in. I was able to get a few photos of the sun by looking at my phone instead of the sun itself, and Spinach made a little pin hole in a piece of paper to catch the shape of the moon over the sun; DIY contraptions are the best at Camp. In the photos, if you look underneath the sun there's a little green moon shape in the lens flare. It was a pretty neat event and everyone experienced it in a safe way, but the Hallman did smell very sweaty afterward, it was a hot day.
We had another movie event this week because of yesterday's rain. Cabin Line almost had its own little river with how much water there was. We did as much of the activities as we could, and those who had Low/High Ropes, Archery, or Biking got to go up to the Arts and Crafts cabins for impromptu art parties.
We had a camper who sang Reflection from Mulan, which earned him a standing ovation, Hoola and Ohana dueting with Lost Boy by Ruth B, a camper played and sang Once Upon a December from Anastasia, Greyjoy and a camper lip-synced, and of course, our good friend Prometheus got up and started All Star. Boost put on his eyeliner and erupted from the costume closet in the best outfit you'll ever see at McGovern to sing some early Brittany Spears.
Afterward, Groot shouted "one more, one more!" before everyone left the Hallman and played Shooting Stars by Bag Raiders. Marvel, Groot, and Hoover led the entire camp in their choreographed dance on the stage. It was wild. Swamp spent the entire dance waving the green ukulele in the air.
Today is our final Amazing Race of 2017 and currently Rapids is in the Hallman writing thank-you cards for our donors. Last time he was here, Prometheus wrote on his card "IT'CHA BOI, PROMETHEUS" and it made everyone in the office erupt with laughter at his amazing spirit and humour.
Well, this is the end of the longest blog post in history of McGovern. I couldn't get onto our website for two days due to connection issues, so I apologize for being late, but I hope that you all enjoy the photos and silliness from the week.
I want to extend a thank you to our camper friend from Rapids who's been taking all these photos and giving me tips on photography and website stuff. Today he walked in and was like "here's how to change your bookmark icon" and I didn't even know what that meant or that it existed. I'll just be in the corner with my knitting.
I hope that everyone is having a warm and happy Friday, and that the last week of your summer has been as magical as ours. Love you to bits, McGovern Family.